I was a newcomer in the World of Mothers, and the other Mothers knew it. With tales of breastfeeding woes and terrible births, of reassuring smiles and messages in the dead of night to tell me I was doing OK, the World of Mothers welcomed me with open arms.
At 39 weeks pregnant I found I really needed some moral support and while my friends had offered to organise a baby shower for me it for some reason just didn't feel right. My doula had mentioned a Blessingway to me during our first meet.
Chatting to a mum-friend yesterday, (a mum friend is like a real friend but I only see her at sporting events where we converse between tuck-shop binges, episodes of eye rolls and FML mouthing).
And thousands of women don't fight back. They need their jobs - not only for the money, but also because they love their careers and have worked hard to develop them. But they may be afraid to 'make a fuss'. They may not have the money, the confidence or the emotional reserves required in order to engage in a legal battle.
After a long time of getting nowhere, trying to sift through hundreds of posts on Facebook groups and having unsuccessful searches on out-dated websites, one day I thought, hang on, I'm a web designer - why don't I just make a free co-parent site?
If you google cervix, the definition is "the narrow neck-like passage forming the lower end of the womb". To you and I, essentially the cervix connects the vagina and uterus. Your mucus plug will create a seal (and keep it closed) during pregnancy
You can change that unhelpful dramatic chemical reaction in your body to a helpful one that labour favours, like producing the hormone oxytocin equally as quickly as you made the drama. It's just like flicking switch; you just need to give yourself permission to see it in the first place
I hadn't heard of birth trauma until after I gave birth to my daughter and was googling what on earth might be wrong with me. I certainly had no idea its possible to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following childbirth, that was something I'd only associated with people returning from war.
Three quarters of baby clothes are gifted yet a staggering 56% of parents discard useless clothing. Keep a few basic pointers in mind and you'll certainly give a gift that a new parent really needs and appreciates.
The Beckhams had Harper when their youngest son was six, and Jamie Oliver's adorable new baby has just arrived after countless nappy-free years. I feel I must break it to them however, that although this Gap Baby brings untold joy, the stork also delivers a few surprises.
Perhaps being a section baby myself, with a fairly good relationship with my own mother, the fears just weren't there. I strongly believe that how you birth your baby is entirely irrelevant to the person they become, or the relationship you will have.
So I guess everything I learnt post labour may not happen to you - but forewarned is forearmed right? So brace yourself lady, it can be less beaut than the films make it look is the take home message. That and never, ever Instagram your child's poo.